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Develop a fundamental understanding of and gain new insights with this definitive introduction to Health Blockchain architectures, case studies & commercialization strategies

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About the Blockchain Applications for Healthcare Program

UC San Diego Extension and the UC San Diego School of Medicine in collaboration with Lipscomb University have developed the Blockchain Applications in Healthcare certificate program for learners on the cutting‐edge of the rapidly evolving technology curve. Course content is ideal for those who desire the exploration and evaluation of new and emerging Blockchain technologies in the healthcare ecosystem and provides a definitive introduction to health blockchain architecture, programming, processes and commercialization strategies.

The four new certificate courses examine how blockchain technology is currently being considered as a solution to many problems in healthcare and will introduce the “Fit-for-Purpose” framework exploring how immutable distributed ledgers can better ensure the resilience and provenance, traceability and management of healthcare data. Through examination of several verticals, learners will understand how blockchain is helping health systems manage pharma and medical device supply chain, patient recruitment for clinical trials, security and interoperability of IoT and medical device data.

Courses will also examine the many immediate benefits for improving business processes, data provenance, lowering costs, mitigating risks, enhancing regulatory compliance, and ultimately improving patient and population health outcomes. The specialized certificate will allow professionals to explore the use of blockchain with other types of technology, platforms, and importance also enable broader discussion of its use to support digital health initiatives.

Expert faculty and industry practitioners explain the intricacies of the Health Blockchain landscape and identify meaningful opportunities to generate new value for both consumers and organizations. By focusing on the specific use and application of blockchain for different healthcare challenges, course content provides a critically needed educational offering for professionals in healthcare, business management, entrepreneurs, and those with technical backgrounds that want to break into the fast growing digital healthcare industry. Students will have the opportunity to develop and focus on a project management format to kickstart an actual blockchain healthcare solution.

  • 100% on-line specialization for those with both technical and non-technical backgrounds;
  • Learn blockchain fundamentals and the “Fit-for-Purpose” model for the healthcare ecosystem;
  • Participation of real-world practitioners of blockchain development and implementation and created by blockchain thought leaders from two universities;
  • Explore blockchain use cases in different phases of conceptualization, pilot, testing, and commercialization
  • Gain current industry insights and practical training with leading blockchain industry practitioners;
  • Develop a strong foundational knowledge of health blockchain and the healthcare ecosystem;
  • Compare and assess new opportunities for innovation and disruption in the healthcare sector;
  • Examine system design elements, architecture, data governance, case studies, and applications in a variety of healthcare verticals
  • Identify and frame activities necessary to conceptualize a blockchain project design;
  • Identify regulatory and ethical concerns that could arise with a blockchain in healthcare project
Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $3,200

Excludes textbooks and materials

Duration: 12 - 16 months

Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences


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Introduction to Health BlockchainGLBH-40015

Units: 2.00


The course provides an introductory overview of Blockchain, the technologies behind Blockchain architecture and distributed applications (Dapps) and how they are applicable to the Healthcare sector. T...

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Fall, Spring

Blockchain Programming PrimerGLBH-40016

Units: 2.00


Explore and evaluate new and emerging Blockchain technologies in several verticals and gain a definitive introduction to blockchain architecture, programming and processes.In this course, students wil...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Case Studies in the Health BlockchainGLBH-40017

Units: 2.00


This course will explore blockchain use cases in different phases of conceptualization, pilot, testing, and commercialization with a focus on pharmaceutical supply chain, medical device, clinical tria...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Business for Health BlockchainGLBH-40018

Units: 2.00


This course will provide an overview and resources for health blockchain business applications and project management. Examine specific blockchain systems in production, while exploring how blockchain...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Python Programming FundamentalsCSE-41273

Units: 3.00


Python Programming FundamentalsPython is a versatile and powerful programming language with a wide variety of libraries and third-party packages that can be applied to deep learning, fuzzy text proces...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Blockchain Applications for Healthcare CapstoneGLBH-40019

Units: 3.00


This mentor-lead, 9-week capstone course will give you an opportunity to demonstrate your cumulative subject knowledge of blockchain as it is applied to healthcare and provide you with the skills nece...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

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Who Will Benefit

  • Developing professionals and technologists currently working in the healthcare ecosystem who want to boost their current career in frontier technologies and Blockchain;
  • Individuals with a background or interest in healthcare transformation, eHealth, IT administration, engineering and regulatory affairs;
  • Anyone interested in learning high-demand entrepreneurial and fronteir technology knowledge and skills, typically those in leadership, innovation, investment, or entrepreneurial positions

Next Steps Experience

The optional Capstone project is offered to accelerate the commercial viability of a Health Blockchain solution. The Capstone is ideal for those students with a desire to connect to local San Diego technology business incubators and resourses. San Diego is the home to one of the nation’s leading biotech, medical device, and genomics industrial clusters, has four large health systems, and is recognized nationally for technology innovation in the life sciences and healthcare. Leveraging the combination of these two innovation hubs in two distinct regions, the program will offer a unique opportunity to engage in blockchain education, design, and development to solve complex healthcare challenges.

Advisory Board

Kevin Clauson, PharmD

Associate Professor

Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Heather Flannery

Health Circle Global Lead


Basker Gummadi, MS

Blockchain and Innovation Lead

Bayer Healthcare

Stuart Lackey, MS

CEO & Co-Founder


Maria Palombini, MBA


IEEE Standards Association

James Short, PhD

UC San Diego Faculty/co-founder

San Diego Supercomputer Center/UCSD Blocklab

Giles Ward, MBA


Hashed Health

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $25 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.